Coffee Chat – May 2017

Here is what has been going on in May…..

What I’m eating: a pretzel bagel from Wegmans

What I’m drinking: coffee with Coffeemate Vanilla & Caramel Creme creamer 

Races I’ve run: Broad Street Run 10 Miler and the Delaware Half Marathon

I missed my PR in the Broad Street Run by 13 seconds. The feeling was bittersweet as I wish I pushed myself harder but was so happy with my run as I felt that it was my first real comeback race since meniscus surgery last May. I just felt that during the fall racing season I was so focused on the Marine Corps Marathon that I wasn’t focusing to much on any other goal besides stability and staying injury free. 

The Delaware Half Marathon was the week after the Broad Street Run and my coach told me to run this race for fun. I am glad she told me that because my legs started off heavy and it was hills on hills. I am just thankful I finished with a 2:11:02. 

Races I’m training for: SeaWheeze Half Marathon 

This half marathon is my goal race to break 2 hours in the half marathon. I have been focused in on this goal and have joined Kelly Robert’s Project 1:59 initiative so that I can gain advice and support from fellow runners. I have also hired a coach for the summer to help me achieve this goal. 

What I am currently reading: The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike

I haven’t had time to read for pleasure much lately so I am still stuck on the same book from my last Coffee Chat post. I am hoping to finish this book soon.

Summer plans: 

FCA Camps for starters! We have our Leadership Camp weekend the this weekend and our Multi-Sports Camp the last week of June. Needless to say, that once camps are over my summer calms down a lot! 

The hubby and I are going to Cancun on vacation over our anniversary and we also have our racecation to Vancouver for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon.

August will be a bit weird as this is the first time in 6 years I will not be going to field hockey preseason. It is a bittersweet feeling. I keep thinking about finding a part-time job somewhere, maybe Lululemon, but I am hesitate to just fill my time right away. 

How did May treat you?


Memorial Day Weekend 2017

We started off our Friday night with a date night to a local Mexican place for Margaritas!

Then we headed home and went to bed early because I had to wake up at 5:00am to get my long run in before we met one of our pastors from church to catch up then head to New Jersey to see Brian’s parents for the weekend.

After breakfast at one of our favorite places in the area, Nudy’s Cafe, we headed out to Central New Jersey to visit Brian’s parents for the night. We took Brian’s parents out to this art exhibit called Grounds for Scultpure. It was a park full of sculptures. Some life size, some of funny shaped pieces, and others that were larger than life!

They had a couple peacocks that roamed around the park as well.

Lola had a lot of fun playing with her Grammy and Grampy during our visit. She was one sleepy pup on the way home.

When we returned from his parent’s house we decided to try out this new restaurant that opened in King of Prussia called City Works. They had plenty of burger options for National Burger Day so we decided to try it.

And in honor of National Burger Day I wore my Run all the miles eat all the burgers shirt form Sarah Marie Design Studio.

We spent most of Monday sleeping/relaxing. We went to Starbucks to do some reading but we ended up sitting near a couple that I guess I would say was overly affectionate. They were pretty much making out on the couch and we just couldn’t handle it anymore so we left and went home.

The rest of the day we relaxed at home. We Redboxed the movie Hidden Figures, which as a great movie if you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend it.

What did you do this Memorial Day weekend? 

2017: Week 21 Recap & SeaWheeze Training Week 1

This is it! This is the week that I began training for a sub 2 hour half marathon! If you read my previous posts, I decided to hire a coach for this training cycle to guide me in training to complete this goal.

Here is how my first week of training with Coach Kristy went.

Monday, May 22nd

Took a rest day to make sure my legs for ready for another training cycle.

Tuesday, May 23rd

4 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail with my friend Marianne.

Wednesday, May 24th

1 mile warm up, 8 x 400 meters with 200 meter recovery, cool down = 5 miles total.

Thursday, May 25th

4 easy soggy and rainy miles on the Schykull River Trail.

Friday, May 26th

Rest Day

Saturday, May 27th

7 miles with hills so I ran at Valley Forge National Park. I had to start my run at 5:30am so we could start out Memorial Day Weekend off well. 

Sunday, May 28th

Easy 4 mile recovery run through my in-laws neighborhood in central New Jersey.

I ran a little faster than I was supposed to but my legs kept pushing me to speed up. My coach said I was in range so it was fine.

Coach Kristy also said, I had a great first week of training. I am excited to see how the rest of training will go. 

How were your workouts this week? 

Are you training for any races coming up? 

2017: Week 20 Recap

This week I took it pretty easy on my runs because I start training with the running coach I hired for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon this coming week.

Time to work my butt off to be a sub-2 hour half marathoner!

Monday, May 15th

Rest Day

Tuesday, May 16th

3.13 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Wednesday, May 17th

4 miles with my friend Kate on the Chester Valley Trail

Thursday, May 18th

EASY 3 mile run around the neighborhood 

Friday, May 19th

3 miles at Wilson Farm Park

Saturday, May 20th

6 miles along Boathouse Row in Philadelphia 

Got donuts after because we deserved it!

Sunday, May 21st

Rest day

How did your workouts go this week?

Coaching Starts Next Week

I recently had my phone consultation with the running coach that I hired to help me break 2 hours in the half marathon. Her name is Coach Kristy from Run the Long Road Coaching and she has planned the speed workouts for the running club that I attend on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Conshy Running. I have talked to her quite a bit and have heard great reviews from runner friends that have hired her to help them meet their running goals. Due to all the positive reviews, I decided to hire her for the summer to help me conquer my goal to break 2 hours in the half marathon at the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver, British Columbia August 12th. If I do not break 2 hours during SeaWheeze my second attempt will be at the Ocean City Half Marathon in New Jersey.

During my consolation phone call she mentioned these tips and tricks to me: 

  • She wants me only running 5 days a week instead of 6. Therefore, the other 2 days would be 1 rest day and 1 day of cross training.
  • I have been running to many days in a row so she wanted to space out my running schedule better so I have some breaks.
  • My time of 1:29:30 from the Broad Street Run 10 Miler shows that I am at the fitness level to break 2 hours in the half marathon.
  • But my Broad Street Run had tons of positive splits so during my tune up race, the Super Hero Showdown 15k I will run negative splits and the same at SeaWheeze.
  • On Wednesdays, I will have speed workouts.
  • My long runs need to be done with hills due to the elevation chart for SeaWheeze so she wants me running them at Valley Forge Park starting at a 10:30 minute pace.
  • Later on in my training (late June) I will start running consistently at a 9:00 minute pace so my body can feel and know that pace well.

I feel really good about the advice and training plan she is planning on giving me so far. I am excited to start training for a sub 2 half marathon next week!

Delaware Half Marathon Race Recap

This was my first race outside of Pennsylvania and I was super stoked to have this half marathon be state #2 in my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states!

I had gone into the race knowing my legs were going to be tired because of only being a week out of my hard effort at the Broad Street Run the prior Sunday. My running coach wanted me to take it easy and have fun since we start training for my sub-2 half marathon attempt on May 22nd.

Brian and I woke up 4:00am to get ready, let Lola out and make her breakfast, then drove down to Wilmington, Delaware which is about 45 minutes away from our house. When we arrived at the park where the race starts/finished we had to drive around a bit looking for parking. Thankfully we found a spot about a quarter mile away which was perfect for us!

We hung around the park, stretched, hit up the port-a-potty, and ate our breakfast fuel.

Prior to the start, I ran into one of my friends from when I first started volunteering with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was running the half marathon as well. It was great to see her and catch up a little bit prior to the race.

We lined up at the start and this race was a smaller one that what I would say I am used too. It was only about 1,500 runners in both the half marathon and full marathon.

I have to say I love the scenic views on the course. They had us run through parts of Wilmington and they head off into a nice park around the zoo, then through some residential areas then head back to the park.

Overall, the course was shady which was great due to running through the park area. BUT VERY HILLY! I am close to saying that one of the mid-miles was practically all hill! I had such a hard time pushing through it. That mile was definitely my slowest one. But when you turned around you went down the crazy hill and it make my 12th mile pretty fast. Unfortunately, when you round the corner to head into mile 13 it is straight up hill for at least a quarter mile, which didn’t make that last mile very fast.

I have to admit that I am glad that Coach Kristy told me to run this race for fun so I can rest my legs from the hard Broad Street Run effort I had put out a week prior as well as rest my legs for the start of my sub-2 hour half marathon training cycle. I finished the race in 2:11:02 which I am content with due to the hills and taking it easy. I had an average pace of 10:00 minutes.

After the race, Brian and I went to out for lunch and wore our Sarah Marie Design Studio shirts that we bought which said, “Run all the miles eat all the burgers.”

I am excited that I can officially say that I have started my quest of running a half marathon in all 50 states after this race.

I highly recommend running this race if you are on a quest to complete all 50 states. Yes, it was hilly but it was nice and scenic and had a great vibe about it.

2017: Week 19 Recap

Final week of training for the Delaware Half Marathon.

Took the week easy due to racing the Broad Street Run 10 Miler last Sunday. 

Monday, May 8th

Rest Day

Tuesday, May 9th

3.1 miles with Jenn at Conshy Running 

The whole crew

Wednesday, May 10th

4 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail 

Thursday, May 11th

3 miles around the area near the hotel I was staying at for work.

Friday, May 12th

2 easy miles around the parking lot at the hotel. 

Saturday, May 13th

Rest Day

Sunday, May 14th

Delaware Half Marathon! 13.1 miles of fun on a beautiful and scenic course with a lot of hills!

I had two rest days this week due to running a race last Sunday. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommys out there! Foam rolling is so much better with puppy kisses.